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[meth-uh-dol-uh-jee] /ˌmɛθ əˈdɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural methodologies.
a set or system of methods, principles, and rules for regulating a given discipline, as in the arts or sciences.
  1. the underlying principles and rules of organization of a philosophical system or inquiry procedure.
  2. the study of the principles underlying the organization of the various sciences and the conduct of scientific inquiry.
Education. a branch of pedagogics dealing with analysis and evaluation of subjects to be taught and of the methods of teaching them.
Origin of methodology
From the New Latin word methodologia, dating back to 1790-1800. See method, -o-, -logy
Related forms
[meth-uh-dl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌmɛθ ə dlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
methodologically, adverb
methodologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for methodological
Historical Examples
  • In Schumpeter's view, the division between statics and dynamics is much more than methodological.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • Progress, then, is not a "natural" fact, but a methodological one.

    A Grammar of Freethought Chapman Cohen
  • If they turn out to be false, candour compels us to call them methodological fictions; but they continue in use.

  • Hence these principles carry their recommendation directly in themselves, and not merely as methodological devices.

  • That this is a methodological device no one denies, but so are most of the other distinctions that we frame.

    A Grammar of Freethought Chapman Cohen
  • A big part of the difference is methodological, rather than inherent in the nature of the phenomena themselves.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • The dominating trend of this movement was logical rather than methodological.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • But this, quite obviously, is merely a methodological precept, not a law of Nature.

  • The case of methodological assumptions is more difficult and instructive, and is usually misconceived.

  • There was in this a methodological rule, a very natural rule—so natural, indeed, that it was not even necessary to formulate it.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
British Dictionary definitions for methodological


noun (pl) -gies
the system of methods and principles used in a particular discipline
the branch of philosophy concerned with the science of method and procedure
Derived Forms
methodological (ˌmɛθədəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
methodologically, adverb
methodologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for methodological

1828, from methodology + -ical. Related: Methodologically.



1800, from French méthodologie or directly from Modern Latin methodologia; see method + -ology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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